Friends of Daley Ranch Board Minutes

May 21, 2014

Present: Fred Woods, Mike Whalen, Jerry Harmon, Dick Althouse, Jim Schafer and Rick Mercurio
Minutes and Treasurerís Report: Fred opened the meeting at 7:15 p.m. at the home of Rick Mercurio. Mike moved to approve the minutes from April. Jim seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Rick Paul had previously emailed his treasurerís report. Rick P had also emailed the Board about a question regarding the 2013 accounting, specifically having to do with the cost of our website construction. The Board was not clear on the issue, and Fred will contact Rick P for clarification.
Utility Building Project: Dick said that the foremanís quarters has passed building inspection, therefore we may begin working on its interior. Dick led a discussion with the Board about his ideas for the other buildings. He hopes to use Fredís telephone pole pieces to roll structures away from the creek. Dick already has drawn up plans for the third building, but will wait until a closer time to submit them. Rick M plans to apply for a county grant next January, or sooner if possible, to help with the construction/restoration, and the barn will be included as well as interpretive signage. Jerry suggested asking Bob McQuead for assistance with the barn. Jim is preparing a sort of time capsule to be placed within the walls of the foremanís quarters. The Board discussed details of the various building details, and thanked Dick for his expertise and hard work.
School Visits: Fred invited the Board to the final school visit of the year on June 2. This is the rescheduled trip from the only rainout over two years. Expenses for lunches and the bird presentation have already been approved. FODR did not make the final cut for the SD Foundation grant. Our next hope rests with Rotary, where Fred and Rick M will present a slide show at their July meeting. Rick M has also just submitted a grant application with Rotary.
Outreach Efforts to Get Kids Outdoors: The San Diego Foundation has launched an initiative to get at-risk youth into the outdoors. As a first step, they invited many organizations connected to the environment to a brainstorming lunch on May 9. Representing FODR were Fred, Rick P, Jerry and Rick M. One outcome of the meeting was networking with San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, TECC, and FODR for future collaboration possibilities. Jerry spoke about the need to raise kidsí environmental awareness and their corresponding value system, and that the environmental community has a perfect opportunity to make this happen. Jerry had two suggestions for our Board. First, he would like FODR to form a committee on education to coordinate our efforts and at the same time it could serve as a pool of possible Board members. Second, he would like that committee to focus on sponsoring mentors to help achieve those goals, with possibilities including hikes, nature outings, even outdoors art. Fred noted that the Escondido COMPACT already identifies Escondido students in need, and has programs to help them. We all agreed that these are worthy goals, and we will consider them.
Shuttle, Ranch House & Interpretive Center: FODR envisions reinstatement of the Sunday shuttle service, opening of the ranch house with docents, and the creation of movable interpretive displays in the ranch house. Fred, Rick P and Rick M presented our proposal to Joyce Masterson, Jay Petrek, Dan Hibbert and Teresa Collins from the City on May 12 at City Hall. The staff was generally supportive of our initiative, although Joyce believed that the shuttle may have to start with very infrequent service. She also made it clear that other various personnel would have to consider our request, and she would get back in touch with us about implementation. The Board will publicize our proposal in our next newsletter and try to gain momentum from our membership.
Grape Day, Candidate Forum & Plant Guides: Rick M moved to approve the $35 fee to sponsor a FODR booth at Grape Day on Sept. 6 from 9:30-4. Mike seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Jerry moved to have FODR co-sponsor a city council and mayoral candidate forum on Sept. 25, facilitated by the League of Women Voters and Escondido Roundtable, of which FODR is a member. His motion included fronting the $250 refundable security deposit for the event, to be held at City Hall, with the assumption that other co-sponsoring groups would reimburse to FODR their fair share of any money not refunded. Mike seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. Mike said that we will soon need more plant guides. It was agreed that normally FODR breaks about even between the cost of printing and the donations received, and that we want to continue providing the guides as a public service. Fred will explore how to obtain the master files, with hopes that the County might provide less expensive printing costs than a private company. Just in case that possibility does not materialize before we are out of guides, Rick M moved to authorize no more than $2000 for the next order. Jerry seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Photo Images of Daley Ranch: Photographer Sandra Zelasko has six images of Daley Ranch that had been displayed at the San Diego Museum over the last few months. She has reached out to FODR to see if they might be displayed somewhere. We brainstormed, and will see if we can take them to the Rotary presentation in July. Also, we will see if they might be displayed at the Center for the Arts. We also might see if they could be sold, splitting the proceeds between Zelasko and FODR. Rick M will investigate our options.
Next Meeting: The next meeting will be June 18 at 7 p.m. at the train depot in Grape Day Park.
Respectfully submitted,
Rick Mercurio, Secretary